We don't have to wait until Apple talks for more information regarding the Homepod, as news from The Taipei Times, claims that that one of the two assemblers of the smart speaker, Inventec, is already shipping a batch of one million Homepod units.
According to the FCC ID Filing, which the HomePod is known as "A1639", the FCC label location will be hidden from a user's point of view, on the bottom of the device. That's when Apple initially said that it expected to launch the device sometime in December of 2017, but we're already in January 2018 and still no HomePod launch. About time, really - the smart speaker was unveiled on June 5 a year ago, with a market launch initially planned for December and then pushed back to early 2018. Furthermore, the assembler won't make a lot of money from the Homepod until the company meets a set production level after the end of the first quarter.More news: Chuck Schumer: 'Negotiating With President Trump Is Like Negotiating With Jello'
Suppliers are confident that sales of the HomePod will have the opportunity to pass the 10 million unit milestone, as its competitor, the Echo, has only managed to sell 1 million units, despite glowing reviews by consumers. At least in the countries from the initial wave of availability, that is - the US, UK, and Australia.
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Even though FCC approval doesn't necessarily tell us that the company will launch the device pretty quickly, we do know that the documents released by the FCC are from September show us there haven't been major hardware changes in the product recently, if any, over the past several months. We're not sure how different the Homepod will be when compared to the competition, and we're not expecting it to be.More news: Michael Owen states his prediction for Arsenal v Crystal Palace